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Mauna Kea management plans

The State House advances a resolution for new Mauna Kea management.

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House advances measure for new Mauna Kea management
A measure that aims to form a working group to develop a new management structure for Mauna Kea was advanced Thursday in the state House of Representatives. According to the resolution, the failure of UH to properly consult with Native Hawaiians has led to mistrust and division. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawai‘i Public Radio. Tribune-Herald.

Public schools will be allowed to hold spring graduations with strict protocols
Graduation ceremonies must adhere to safety guidelines, including limits on the number of guests and restrictions on physical contact. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Tribune-HeraldBig Island Now. Maui Now. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KITV4.

Proposal would streamline involuntary treatment for severe mental illness
Public defenders are obliged to fight involuntary treatment for their clients. Lawmakers are considering cutting them out of the process and allowing judges to order outpatient treatment. Civil Beat.

Lawmakers mull mediation to prevent mass evictions after moratorium is lifted
Two companion bills would require landlords to wait 15 days instead of five between issuing an eviction notice and filing a case in court, and to enter mediation upon a tenant’s request. The measure would help the state lift its eviction moratorium, but some advocates say it doesn’t do enough to protect renters. Civil Beat.

New commander named for Pacific Fleet sub force in Hawai‘i
The acting secretary of the Navy and chief of naval operations announced today that Rear Adm. Jeffrey T. Jablon will be assigned as commander of the sub force in the Pacific, replacing Rear Adm. Blake Converse. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Workers: Know Your Rights
In many ways, there is no better place to be a worker than Hawaiʻi. However, there are many myths and misunderstandings about employment rules and regulations. Here’s our guide to workers’ rights and employers’ obligations… read more.
Honolulu Council chair calls for audit of HPD overtime
In a resolution introduced yesterday, Tommy Waters cited reporting that some police officers have more than doubled their base pay and earned more than the mayor and police chief. Civil BeatHonolulu Star-Advertiser.

Changes to Honolulu EMS could mean higher ambulance fees
Lawmakers are moving forward with a proposal to let the city control its own funding for Honolulu Emergency Medical Services. Currently, the state Department of Health has oversight and controls funding. KHON2.

Some Honolulu businesses are already seeing more customers under Tier 3
Many restaurants and retail shops are now operating at full capacity, with physical distancing in place, and gyms are running at 50% capacity. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KITV4.

UH wants greater say in new stadium project
As companion bills to bolster the New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District advanced through the Legislature this week, the university has stepped up its campaign to gain a larger voice in the facility’s future. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

The Cost of Climate Change in Hawaiʻi

The world is literally changing and here are six issues we need to understand so we can begin calculating the costs and consequences of climate change and prepare for them… read more.

Kīlauea recovery housing survey launched
The County of Hawai‘i is surveying residents affected by the 2018 eruption to help guide recovery investments and projects, including a voluntary housing buyout program. Big Island Video News.

“Bark ranger” program unleashed at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
The new program was launched so that visitors can bring their pets with them, responsibly. Big Island Video News.

Fixing the Backlog of Native Hawaiians Waiting for Homesteads

28,000 Native Hawaiians are on the homelands waiting list. Getting more of them into homes or farms will take partnerships, collaborations and a willingness to try different things. Here are some more.
Lt. Gov. says Maui County is undercounting the number of vaccines it has administered 
Josh Green estimated that there are about 10,000 to 12,000 doses that were administered and not reported to the state Department of Health. Maui County ranks last in the state in the percentage of the population vaccinated. Maui News. Maui Now.

Donated tents can help schools expand classroom spaces, allow distancing
“Temptation Island,” a TV show that recently filmed on Maui,  donated six event tents to Kamali‘i Elementary, Lokelani Intermediate, Kīhei Elementary and Kīhei Public Charter School. Hawaii News Now.

Kaua‘i hotel workers could be next in line for vaccines
Kaua‘i is leading the way in the COVID-19 vaccination effort, with 18% of residents receiving at least one dose. The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority said hotel workers could soon be receiving vaccines. Hawaii News Now.

Construction begins Monday on long-awaited fourth lane in Wailua
The Department of Transportation will begin construction between Kuamo‘o Road and the Kapa‘a bypass road on a second southbound lane for Kuhio Highway. The $17 million project is expected to be done by spring 2023. Garden Island.

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